Fisherman’s friend? Film festival documentary fails to lift lid on industry abuses

The following article was published by the News Lens on November 11:

The Taipei International Labor Film Festival (TILFF) wrapped up on October 15 with minimal fanfare. Thanks to Covid – which saw proceedings switched to an online format – and a rather underwhelming publicity drive, this 15th installment of the two-week event slipped under the radar.

This was a shame and a missed opportunity. For the first time, several films about migrant workers in Taiwan were spotlighted in a section featuring some of last year’s prize winners. With increased public scrutiny of the inequities faced by a mainly Southeast Asian workforce, these are films that need as wide an audience as possible.

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